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Healthy Breakfast Foods: Stewed Apples

In Ayurveda, waking up early in the morning is considered as beneficial for health, as the morning is the purest time of the day, when the air is fresh and the mind is at ease. It also states that eating at least half an hour after waking stimulates digestive fire and keeps metabolism rates up. Skipping breakfast is one of the bad habits that we often succumb to due to busy work schedules and it does not contribute to good health in the long run. Therefore, it is important to at least have a piece of fruit and some milk before leaving for work.

Stewed apples is an Ayurvedic dish that is one of the best ways to enhance digestion and vitality. Apples contain pectin and polyphenols which help the body to cleanse itself of toxins and metabolize fat effectively. It maintains proper balance in the functions of the body also.

You can also drink freshly made fruit or vegetable juice, as in Ayurveda, it is believed that having raw fruits and vegetables in the morning is extremely beneficial for health. In fact, it is best to have fruit the first thing in the morning, even before you have cereal or anything else.

Here is how one can prepare the Ayurvedic recipe for stewed apples:

Ingredients:

1-2 organic apples

5 whole cloves

1 cup water

Cinnamon or cardamom

Handful of raisins

Peel the apples and cut them finely into pieces, and boil them in water. Add in the spices and raisins so that they combine with the apples to give it a flavour. Once they start boiling, cover the vessel with a lid and keep cooking till they turn soft. After they are cooked well, drain the extra water and remove the cloves from the mixture. Allow the fruit to cool.

This is the best breakfast prescribed by Ayurvedic principles, and is especially great to have during the Spring season. Your system will be cleansed of toxins and excess ama. This dish also helps in creating ojas, the by-product of digestion that contributes to strength, well-being, immunity and vitality. In addition, consuming this wholesome Ayurvedic recipe dish overtime will also lead to a reduction in your cholesterol levels over time. Not only this, it also eases digestion and promoted the elimination of body waste to keep your digestive tract healthy and clean.

Ayurveda’s primary focus is on maintaining a healthy life through a balanced, nutritious diet. Fresh fruits like apple when cooked appropriately and tempered with the right spices can truly enhance your overall well-being. The morning time is the purest time of the day and eating something that is fresh and a product of nature will keep your energy levels up and going through the rest of the day.

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Ayurvedic Snacks for Kids

Ayurveda bases its principles on a lot of elements from nature, and the fact that children are simple, uncomplicated and carefree, a lot of basic healthy Ayurvedic habits can be taught to them. Food and the consumption of the right kind of food are at the cornerstone of Ayurveda. Inculcating good eating habits in your kids will help them develop into healthy adults and enable them to make better food choices. Here are some ideas for fresh, natural and healthy Ayurvedic snacks for your kids. The next time they reach for a chips packet or a fizzy drink, give them one of these healthier options:

  1. Dates: Dates are a rich source of calcium and contribute to strong teeth and bones in children. In Ayurveda, dates pacify the Pitta dosha and promote positive emotions. Dates soaked in water for 5-6 hours can be a good Ayurvedic snacks option accompanied with milk after playtime.
  2. Coconut-jaggery balls: If your child craves something sweet, you can make this easy and delicious sweet for him/her. Grate a coconut finely. Boil some jaggery till it becomes a thick syrup. Once it cools, create small balls by rolling the grated coconut in the syrup. A simple and healthy option from Ayurvedic snacks that can be stored for upto a week.
  3. Sprouted sandwiches: Sprouts are considered as fresh and natural ‘living foods’. While plain sprouts may not be as popular with your kids, try boiling sprouts with fresh tomatoes and onions and putting them as a filling for grilled sandwiches.
  4. Vegetable soups & smoothies: Raw and fresh vegetables like carrot, beetroot, cabbage etc. are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals. You can infuse them into healthy home-made soups and smoothies to get your child interested in eating them. Eating them regularly will strengthen your child’s immunity and reduce their craving for junk food.
  5. Fresh fruits with yoghurt: According to Ayurveda, ripe fruits eaten at the right time and right season are like nectar for the body. Fresh fruit enhances ojas energies which aid digestion. Mango, watermelon, grapes, bananas, apples, amla, pomegranate and pears are fruits that help balance the The best time to eat fruits is a little while before meals or separately as a snack.
  6. Fresh corn: Corn on the cob, or bhutta, is a tasty after-school snack that is infused with complex vitamins and fibre content. Roast a cob of corn and rub it with lemon for a tangy, tasty snack for your child. Or you could also boil sweet corn and add a pinch of red chilli powder and lemon to it as a nourishing bite that is full of the goodness of nature.

Finally, for better digestion you could also give your child our Thaleesapatradi Choornam. It promotes better digestion.

Healthy habits begin at a young age at home. The above are just some of the many wholesome Ayurvedic snacks you can give your kids. Limit candy and other junk food as a special treat once in a while. Use interesting shapes and ways to present these snacks to make them more fun and appealing. Your kids are likely to continue these great eating habits well into teenage and adulthood.

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Health Benefits of Gulkand or Rose Petal Jam

Gulkand or rose-petal jam is one of the most delicious Ayurvedic preparations ever known. At the same time, its health benefits are undeniable. The word gulkand is derived from gul, which means ‘flower’ in Persian, and ‘qand’ which means ‘sweet’ in Arabic.

Preparation:

Things You Need: Glass jar with a wide mouth, Rose petals of the Rosa centifolia or shatapatri rose (a rose with 100 petals) variety, granulated sugar, cardamom seeds (optional), mukta pishti (pearl powder, optional)

Method:

  1. Ensure that the rose petals are clean and free from insects. Separate them, wash well and dry them.
  2. Arrange a layer of rose petals, top it with a layer of granulated sugar. Keep alternating them till the jar is full.
  3. Close the lid tightly and keep it in the sun for upto 7 hours per day for about 4 weeks.
  4. Every alternate day, mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
  5. At the end of 4 weeks your gulkand will be ready and will have a jam-like consistency.

Gulkand is very easy to prepare, and is delicious as it is, or as an accompaniment to your meals, or even as an ingredient in sweets or milkshakes. The most commonly known benefit of Gulkand is that it has a cooling effect on the body. In addition to this it has a plethora of other wonderful benefits for your health and happiness.

  1. Pacifies pitta dosha: Gulkand pacifies excess pitta in the body which can cause heat, and so keeps the body cool. It alleviates heat-related symptoms such as lethargy, rashes, aches and pains and reduces any burning sensations in foot soles and palms.
  2. Improves memory & eyesight: It also helps enhance memory power. It is a powerful antioxidant which also helps in improving eyesight over time.
  3. Helps digestion: Take one or two teaspoons of gulkand daily also to reduce stomach heat and acidity. It also helps in improving appetite, and enhancing digestion to keep you at ease and free of any irritation in the stomach lining.
  4. Excellent skin tonic: Gulkand is great for the skin. It removes toxins from the body and purifies blood, and so prevents various skin problems like blackheads, acne, pimples and rashes.
  5. Protection during the summer: Have two teaspoonfuls of gulkand before going outdoors in the summer sun – it helps prevent sunstroke by cooling the body. It also prevents nosebleeds that occur due to excess heat in the body.

The above were just some of the wonderful health benefits that gulkand has to offer. Anyone can benefit from the wonders of gulkand; however, diabetics should consult their doctor before taking it.

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How to prepare tridoshic dal

Dal or lentils are one of the easiest dishes to prepare. It is light on the stomach and enriched with proteins. Tridoshic dal is an Ayurvedic preparation that is beneficial for all doshas and keeps them in check. It cleanses the body of ama or toxins, and is very good for digestion, as well as a light food to be taken if one is suffering from diarrhoea. It pacifies Kapha and Pitta doshas and increases Vata. Here’s how you can prepare this Tridoshic dal at home:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup split moong dal
  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 cups summer squash, in ¼ to ½ inch slices
  • 1 cup carrots, in ¼ to ½ inch slices
  • 1/8 teaspoon hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil or ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon of haldi or turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ginger root, minced
  • 1 small hot green capsicum, chopped finely (If you have pitta dosha don’t add this)
  •  ½ teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)
  • ½ teaspoon to 1 table spoon black mustard seeds (Add only a little for  pitta, and greater amount for vata and kapha)

Method:

  • Heat one tablespoon oil or ghee.
  • Add hing and cumin seeds. Then add all the spices and two teaspoonfuls of water. Sauté for 30 seconds over low heat but don’t let the spices burn.
  • Add the beans and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add chopped vegetables and stir it for another minute or two.
  • Add water, salt, ginger and pepper, bring to a boil on high heat. Then cover and reduce heat to medium low.
  • Let the dal simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Take another remaining tablespoon of oil or ghee, add cumin and mustard seeds, and let them pop. Add it to the dal finally.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander.

We hope you will benefit from this nutritious, healthy and easy-to-make Tridoshic dal which is well-suited for all dosha types.

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